Kindrea Brown was the type of woman who was always there to lend a helping hand, to offer sage advice or support to her friends when they needed it the most.
On Sunday, those friends gathered to share memories, offer support and mourn Brown's death at the house where she lived with her mother in the 6900 block of Paseo.
Police were called to the home about 3:30 a.m. Saturday and found Brown, 24, fatally shot.
Police have not released details of what led up to the shooting nor the victim's name. But friends and family identified Brown as the victim.
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According to media reports, Brown was killed in her bed.
Shanatea Lawton would not talk about the details of Brown's death, except to say, "She was murdered in her sleep."
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
Lawton said she and Brown were inseparable, best friends who had known each other for years. The two met when they joined the Marching Wildcats community drill team. They attended their senior proms together.
"This is hard," she said. "This is probably one of the biggest losses of my life. It feels like I have lost a part of my body, my rib."
Brown was also godmother to her friends' children.
"There is nothing she wouldn’t do for them. She made them her priority, her responsibility," Lawton said. "No matter what you needed, she would do it for you."
Brown took classes at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. She also worked at UPS.
Lawton said Brown adored, and was protective of, her mother, relatives and those close to her.
"She was slow to anger and never held a grudge," Lawton said. "We had disagreements, but we never argued."
Another friend, Loisha Robinson, attended the same high school as Brown: University Academy in Kansas City.
“Pretty much my whole life, I have been tied to K.C.,” Robinson said. "She wasn’t just a friend, she was my sister.”
Lawton cried as she talked about Brown.
"God puts people in your life for a reason, for a season," she said. "She made me into a better mother, a better woman. There are some people who I feel like they are put on this earth as angels; that was one."